How to Tune a Bow
Randy Ulmer and Chuck Adams I am not, however, I can usually hit the broad side of a barn if my target is close enough to it. However, I have noticed we all seem to be a lot busier these days and we spend less time than we should or can with our equipment. Tuning a bow isn’t has hard as it sounds. I recently purchased a new bow and have been going through the set up and tune. What a pain this is; tying in nocks
Here are few things to check and keep checking throughout the season:
Things to Look For when Tuning a Bow
- Check idler. Look for damage on the string channel etc.
- Check idler alignment.
- Check QCC (quick clip connectors) for cracks, alignment, and damage.
- Check idler axle for smooth operation etc.
- Check String, even one damaged strand can lead to disaster, replace it! The string should be replaced every year or two max.
- Check cam. Look for damage on the string channel etc.
- Check cam timing.
- Check Cables and yoke ends.
- Check serving anywhere you have serving. Fix or replace.
- Check all bolts. Quiver, sights, rest, stabilizers.
- Check limbs. Look for any damage to ends, axle points, cups.
- Check cable guides, roller or slider for damage or wear.
Primarily just make sure the strap and buckle or velcro on your archery release
Check all the arrows in your possession. If you shoot carbon make very certain they are not cracked, shows signs of stress, or are damaged anywhere and that nocks are in good or new condition. Nocks are cheap. I had a arrow blow up on a shot at the largest muley I have had a chance at. It was 10F, the arrow exploded due to a crack I had not noticed. It could have been a disaster if that broken arrow decided to penetrate my arm vs scattering in front of me.
Bad nocks can cause a dry fire situation and that will most likely wind up destroying your bow. I happen to have hunting arrows and practice arrows. Make certain you have the correct spine for your set up. I have seen a lot of problems associated with incorrect spine.
How to Tune a Bow
If all is in good condition, simply shoot your bow. I suggest shooting the broadheads
HINT: bow shops are slammed from mid August to October here in the west. If you need to start from scratch try paper tuning
- Links for viewing a diagram of walk back tuning: http://forums.mathewsinc.com/viewtopic.php?t=85432
If you start shooting now your form and muscle memory will be ready for archery season. It seems like I shoot well right off the bat but then I tend to get out of whack before coming back to shooting well again. So for me, I need to shoot enough to NOT THINK the shot. That usually means several hundred rounds in a few weeks in the 50-60 yard range. Generally, if I shoot tight consistent groups without worrying about “what if I miss” thinking I am good to go.